According to Lt. Robert Grady, officers were notified of the incident just before 4 p.m.
The alleged shoplifter turned over the groceries he had on him when confronted by the employee, Grady said, but fled the scene.
The employee tried to stop the person but was almost struck by his car as he drove off.
The case is under investigation.
In other police news from Oct. 12:
- A Washington Drive resident reported an attempted scam after someone called the residence, said his relatives were kidnapped and to send money if he wanted them released. The resident was able to contact the relatives, who were not kidnapped, Grady said.
- An officer on patrol on Old Sudbury Road overheard a loud noise that sounded like a gun shot or a loud firecracker. Nothing was found in the area.